Monthly Archives: May 2014

“…so fat on death my body burst, but enough about me!”


For the final course of tonight’s extravaganza, I present a subtle yet satisfying leek fritter with sauce….


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“1066 the Doomsday Book I gave to history….”


And here’s the recipe for the other 1/4 of the aubergine!  I particularly liked this one, very tasty.


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“they call me the first English king, although I came from France…”


Next up, one half of that Half an Aubergine That’s Been Blocking Up the Fridge For a While.

A spicy side-dish, with a Mediterranean slant….


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“I’m Willliam the Conqueror, my enemies stood no chance…..”


I remember an episode from the British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf, where a female character purringly offers a male character one of the greatest post-coital back-handed compliments I’ve ever heard….

“…you make love….like a Japanese meal.

Small portions. 

But so many courses….”.

In this spirit, tonight’s blog consists of various Japanese-influenced yet unavoidably Anglicised dishes, given that even laying hands on some miso paste required a Viking-style ransack of half of Tangleton town centre.  Japanese egg-plants, mirin, kombu, shaoxing wine, thai basil, woodear mushrooms and other such delicacies – no chance.

However, I kid myself that I rose to the occasion with what I could scrounge, hope you enjoy these as much as I have.

(Please note that I was indeed cooking small portions of each dish, so scale up if you’re looking to make any particular one into a full meal).

First up, the soup course.  Original from here…..


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Shoo Fly Marches On


Work.  Shopping for a camping trip.  Remembering last minute to vote in the European elections (a difficult choice between the mendacious, shallow, grasping bastards that constitute the main parties, and 17 different racist, foaming-at-the-mouth micro-parties that have sprung up like toadstools after a rain of pure urine).

Finally crawled home, and if that description above hasn’t put you off your food, I have a nice supper recipe for you…..


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Barefoot Lady


There’s a crooked white strip across the nail of a couple of my toes.  My chiropodist looked at it briefly, then asked if I’d been under a “lot of stress”, maybe around about 5 months ago?

Interesting how emotion works its way through the body.

BBQ weekend left me stuffed full of deliciously-charcoaled goodies, plus now the proud owner of some leftovers that we couldn’t quite stuff into the furnace – a red pepper and four large mushrooms.  I think the pepper might find a safe home in a couple of one-egg breakfast omelettes with a little feta cheese.  The mushrooms however joined a home-made fake chorizo in a hearty stew; not the prettiest thing you’ll ever see sitting on your stove, but a classic rib-sticker, and maybe a great camping stew as well, for those of you heading out, optimistically, into the Bank Holiday weekend with a tent, a saucepan, and a bottle of cheap wine……

Original found here…



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Sunday afternoon cookathon ahoy!

First up, lunch for work. Unearthed this delicious kidney-bean dip, which I can see becoming an instant lunch-time classic.  Slung it into a couple of Tupperware containers with soft cheese, tomato, spring onion, carrot sticks, naan bread, and some left-over yellow pepper chunks from my other recipe, a rather pleasant Japanese-influenced tofu and vegetable curry.

Originals are here….


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